House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she lacks confidence in Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator and world-renowned public-health authority, because she was appointed by President Trump.
“I think the president is spreading disinformation about the virus, and she is his appointee, and so I don’t have confidence there, no,” said Ms. Pelosi on ABC’s “This Week.”
Her comment came after Politico reported Friday that Ms. Pelosi said in a private meeting Thursday that Dr. Birx was “the worst,” which came after a July 18 article in the New York Times that described her as overly optimistic about the impact of reopening the economy.
Dr. Birx took the high road, saying Sunday she had “tremendous respect for the Speaker,” but bristled at the New York Times report.
“I have tremendous respect for the Speaker, and I have tremendous respect for her long dedication to the American people, and I think it was unfortunate that